Lt. Governor Tate Reeves released a statement following Governor Phil Bryant’s veto of SB 2161 reiterating the same incorrect statements he used following passage of the bill last month, when he claimed the legislation would “end Common Core”.
“Gov. Bryant’s veto of a bill that 93 Legislative Republicans supported ensures that Common Core will remain in Mississippi schools,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “SB 2161 ensured that student privacy would be protected, prohibited school districts from administering psychological or socio-emotional surveys, put in state law that PARCC test could not be mandated by the State Department of Education, and created a group of Mississippians (of which the Governor had more appointments than anyone) to create a set of high standards for Mississippi school children.
The United Conservatives Fund quickly issued a rebuttal to the claims by Reeves showing the statements to be false. HERE
In an earlier press release commending Gov. Bryant for the veto and thanking parents and teachers for signing a petition, UCF spokesman Keith Plunkett said:
“SB 2161 doesn’t guarantee Mississippi students won’t be subjected to consortia-driven testing that hands power over to unelected and unaccountable shadow groups and quasi-governmental entities. It doesn’t protect Mississippi students and their families from the collection and sharing of personal information with privately owned companies, and it doesn’t end Common Core, it simply renames it and gives it cover in the form of a politically appointed board.”